Officials from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and Public Health reported that a man died after shortly getting a COVID-19 vaccine. The cause of death is being investigated as the person had tested positive in late December. He had been vaccinated on Thursday.
Officials have not as yet released information about where he was vaccinated or which vaccine was administered as two vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are currently being used in the United States.
The Sheriff’s office posted the news of his death and said that he died hours after receiving the vaccine before his death on January 21, 2021. They said that multiple agencies: local, state and federal are actively investigating his death and it is premature to report the cause before investigations are completed. They sent their condolences to the family of the deceased.
Dr. Dean Blumberg, an infectious diseases expert at the Children’s hospital UC Davis told FOX40 that although they know that allergic reactions can occur in some of those who get vaccinated, a huge number of these reactions occur in the first quarter or half hour after vaccination.
He said that if it happened several hours later it is “probably not the severe allergic reaction, anaphylaxis,” which could be a cause for worry.
He also said that large studies had been carried out and none of them showed that people who were vaccinated were more likely to die.
He also added that there are many questions that need to be answered before the cause of death can be determined. Responses to the cause are conjecture, as of now, as the incident is still under investigation by multiple agencies.
The California Department of Public Health has also offered condolences. They stated that they take such instances seriously and they are working with government partners to investigate the cause. They also said that they are collaborating together and using data and science to proceed forward, in the best possible way.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s infectious disease expert had also said that no one should get vaccinated within 3 months of being infected with the coronavirus.